cover image The Longest Christmas List Ever

The Longest Christmas List Ever

Gregg Spiridellis, Evan Spiridellis, , illus. by Evan Spiridellis. . Hyperion, $15.99 (32pp) ISBN 978-142310193-2

Young Trevor's got skills—organizational skills—but they only fuel the extreme case of the gimmes that threatens to sap his Yuletide joy in what is almost a cautionary rhyming tale. Nonplussed by his holiday haul, Trevor sets to drafting next year's Christmas list before the morning's wrapping paper and ribbon have time to settle. The resulting gargantuan tome, a months-long project featuring pages stuffed into cardboard boxes spilling out of the house and lined up for blocks, is a silly sight to behold in frenetic scenes suggesting animation cels. After readers endure Trevor's list and several clunky turns of phrase, it's a warm and fuzzy gift that finally spurs the boy's welcome change of heart. Ages 4-8. (Sept.)